Claremont Museum to Close Before New Year

There will be no Christmas miracle for the Claremont Museum of Art.

The struggling museum, which had resorted to using city funds to keep its Packing House location open, will be shuttered at 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

.

The museum

struggled

amid a severe recession to attract sufficient donations to maintain a staff or pay rent for its museum space in downtown Claremont.

Marguerite McIntosh, the founding president of the museum and a board member, announced the decision to media Tuesday.

The board voted to close the

three-year-old museum

during a meeting on Sunday, and they will move the museum’s permanent collection to a warehouse in Pomona.

The museum will maintain an

website

, and leaders left open the option of reopening the museum if enough funds can be raised.

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